The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) traveled to Kiev to deliver 20 ambulances and meet with the organization’s officials with the aim of increasing assistance to victims of the war, the international press reported on Monday.
“I know the horror that people in Ukraine experience and I want peace to return,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a message published on the social network Twitter on Sunday night, quoted by the Efe news agency.
In Kiev, Ghebreyesus held several meetings to understand how to improve WHO aid to Ukraine, donated 20 all-terrain ambulances that can reach hard-to-reach places, as well as delivered generators and refrigerators for storing blood to hospitals. .
The Eritrean-born WHO official recalled that he knows how children and adults trapped in this conflict feel because, as a child, he experienced “the smell, the sound and the devastation of war”.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 and the military offensive has already killed more than 3,000 civilians, according to the UN, which warns that the real number is likely to be much higher.
The military offensive caused the flight of more than 13 million people, of which more than 5.5 million left the country, according to the latest UN data.
The Russian invasion was condemned by the international community in general, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and reinforcing economic and political sanctions on Moscow.
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